5 tips to getting it together, bossing it at work and being a tough mother hugger!
Going back to work after having a child can be one of the most daunting experiences as a mother. I remember the night before I was due to start back, all the emotions flooded through...
Am I neglecting my daughter?
Will she get bullied at nursery?
Will we still have a close bond as she grows up?
What if she feels neglected?
My daughter started part-time nursery at 6 months old as I started back at work full-time. Over the last 15 months of working full time and being a mummy, here are my top tips to getting it together, bossing it at work and being a tough mother hugger!
1. Get organised.
You'll be much less stressed when you have meals prepared, bags packed and clothes laid out.
2. Keep your surroundings tidy.
You don't have to spend hours tidying up after the kids, but just achieve some level of tidiness. It'll help ensure your mind is functioning clearer.
3. Don't be afraid to pick up the phone.
To call the nursery or to check up on your little one/s. Now, I'm not saying go all mumzilla on them and call on the hour, but for your peace of mind – just give them a quick call to get you through your day. Or in my case... stalk the childcare's App for updates on the hour!
4. Use your mornings.
If you exercise, try and bosh this out in the morning before the kids wake up. It'll give you your evening to spend with them without having another job on your to-do-list.
5. Plan your weekends.
With Christmas coming up, we're budgeting ahead. We spent our Saturday doing a walk and pack snacks for our little madam to keep her entertained.
The best part about this is we kept our phones in the bottom of the pram and just had some good old fun in the sun together. It totally helps to get rid of the mum-guilt that comes over me every day from trying to balance life.
It's hard when you're expected to be amazing in your career, then excel as a brilliant Pinterest mum, and then be a good gal-pal too! Don't fret, none of us really have it together – I still struggle to wake up and exercise to shed this weight I'm blaming on my 21month old and I'm definitely not always planning ahead for the weekend, but all you can do is try, right?
I promise, just try these 5 simple steps and things will slowly start to feel less daunting and more manageable. Over and out Mumma's!
I'm a first-time mother and I've found that I can't go out with my son without somebody giving me advice on how to raise him. There seems to be a general assumption that new parents have no idea about children, and it is everybody's duty to share their wisdom.